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Monday, October 31, 2011

"Bras Against Cancer"

If you've walked up to any of the offices of the third, fourth, or fifth floors of the Dobbs University Center during the past month, then you've definitely noticed the display of sequined, tie-dyed, and embellished bras hanging on the walls of what's known as the DUC's art gallery.

(It's located in that foyer-looking area just before the hallway that leads to the third floor staircase and it's a creative space open for student and department use.)

Decorated bras hanging around the DUC? This can't be normal.

It turns out these racy and artsy creations are part of a quirky project to promote breast cancer awareness during October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness month.

The mastermind behind the project? Why DUC Operations and the Division of Campus Life, of course! In fact, most of the "bratists" who created these 24 "Bras for Cancer," as the project is called, are staff members in other campus life departments.

Sarah Cammuso, program coordinator for DUC Operations, said she borrowed the "bra art" idea to spread awareness from another school and wants to make it an annual project with the possibility of a bra auction next year to raise money for breast cancer research.

That's the kind of research that's done right here at Emory's Winship Cancer Institute.

This tie-dyed masterpiece in the photo above was created by Cammuso, herself, dedicated to her grandmother, a breast cancer survivor!

And she's not alone. Many of the lacy masterpieces in the display were created by those who have been affected by the disease in some way.

Cammuso said she hopes this project can not only raise awareness, but offer an outlet for those who have been affected by breast cancer to remember their loved ones or their personal struggle to survive.

--Lindsey Bomnin 12C, EAA communications intern

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